This year for Black History Month, introduce your little reader to some classic blues singers with The Blues Singers: Ten Who Rocked the World. Written by Julius Lester and illustrated by Lisa Cohen, this book provides biographies on some of the most soulful singers the world has ever enjoyed. Aretha Franklin. James Brown. Billie Holiday. Little Richard. These are just a few of the artists featured in The Blues Singers. The biographies are written in a way that young readers can understand and find intriguing. They’ll learn how, with records like “Tutti Frutti,” Little Richard helped to integrate white radio stations. With her passing still relatively fresh, you can teach your reader how Aretha Franklin grew up in a household filled with music. In her house, it was common to hear a radio, record player, and piano blaring from different rooms.
All of the artists featured overcame various obstacles to enjoy success in the music industry. They worked hard and stayed true to their artistic vision. This book is perfect for any child who loves music and/or history. Bonus features? The portraits of each artist are so vivid that you can practically hear the notes floating off the pages. Also, there is a recommended listening list at the end to help you take the lesson to the next level.
For readers: 6-8 years old ; 1-3 grade
In the comments below, tell me– who is your favorite soul singer?